HC Deb 23 January 1947 vol 432 c352
33. Mr. Me Adam

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what is the daily rate of wages being paid to boys directed to the mines in the Wheatsheaf Pit, Pendlebury, owned by the Lancashire Colliery Company.

The Minister of Fuel and Power (Mr. Shinwell)

Directions under Regulation 58A are not issued to youths under the age of 18. For persons entering the industry voluntarily, the weekly rates paid at the Wheatsheaf Pit for a six-shift week are the gross rates specified in the District Wage Agreement. They vary according to age from 60s. to 90s. for surface workers, and from 70s. to 100s. for underground workers. I am sending my hon. Friend detailed particulars of the rates paid.

Mr. Orr-Ewing

On a point of Order. Is it correct to state, as is stated on the Order Paper, that these mines are owned by the Lancashire Colliery Company?

Mr. Speaker

I understand that is not correct now, because the ownership has changed.

Mr. McAdam

When the Question was put down, they were the property of that company.